- As Les Miles' latest stab at fourth-down trickery was about to unfold, the LSU coach bent down, snatched up some blades of grass???and ate them. "I have a little tradition that humbles me as a man, that lets me know that I'm a part of the field and part of the game," Miles said as a smile widened on his face. "You should have seen some games before this. I can tell you one thing: The grass in Tiger Stadium tastes best." What Miles saw next was even sweeter for him than anything coming out of the sprawling sugar cane fields only a few miles away. DeAngelo Peterson went 23 yards with a reverse on fourth-and-1 to set up Stevan Ridley's go-ahead 1-yard plunge in the fourth quarter, and No. 12 LSU held on for a 24-21 upset of the fifth-ranked Crimson Tide on Saturday. The victory added to Miles' growing resume of audacious fourth-down conversions???the most recent a fake field goal to set up a winning TD at Florida. Miles, who fans call the Mad Hatter, argued his play-calling isn't always as risky as it seems. "We practice these things. It's not a grab bag," said Miles, who called a timeout before running the play. "This play looked to be there and it was prepared extremely well by our team and it would have been a mistake not to call it." The triumphant result inspired players to give Miles the game ball and brought roars of approval from fans that for now should drown out any critics still longing for the days when Nick Saban coached LSU. The victory came at Saban's expense and likely knocked Alabama (7-2, 4-2 SEC) out of contention for a second straight national championship. Now the Crimson Tide will need LSU (8-1, 5-1) to lose twice and Georgia to beat Auburn just to have a shot to repeat as SEC West champions. - AP Sports
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Positives: A talented athlete with quick, initial burst to create mismatches when lined up against linebackers. Has fluid footwork with smooth movement skills to sharply change direction. A balanced runner with acceleration to create after the catch, looks natural with the ball. Has reliable focus and tracking ability with good-sized hands (9 1/2-inch). Filled out his frame with very good bulk. A regular in the weight room, adding 40 pounds since enrolling at LSU. Gives good effort as a blocker and lined up all across the formation.
Negatives: Lacks size and has a lean build, short stature and average length. Lacks elite power for the position and looks maxed-out from a strength perspective. More of a rocked-up receiver, struggling to sustain blocks. Unpolished route-runner, rounding off his routes. Hands are suspect and he doesn't catch every pass cleanly.